The Bridgehampton School District has hired two new senior administrators, whom school superintendent Robert Hauser said will support a growing enrollment with evolving needs.
“We are all very excited to welcome both individuals to their respective professional positions,” Mr. Hauser said.
Michael Cox, who previously taught at the Shelter Island School, has been named assistant principal. Mr. Hauser said the district admired his six years of experience with Shelter Island, which is a prekindergarten-through-twelfth grade district similar to Bridgehampton. “He has extensive experience in math and science curriculums and will be a tremendous asset to a growing school community,” Mr. Hauser said.
Mr. Cox officially started at Bridgehampton on Wednesday.
“When I first came here and walked into the lobby, it felt like home. It felt like a family,” he said. “Unprompted hellos, the kids were so sweet — that’s what you want in a district. My goal is to establish as many relationships as I can and make sure that I assist everyone in the district.”
He is the third administrator named “Michael” at Bridgehampton, joining principal Michael Miller and athletic director Michael DeRosa.
Dr. Angela R. Austin has been appointed director of pupil personnel services, and will lead the special education as well as English as a New Language programs at Bridgehampton. According to Mr. Hauser, she has 14 years of teaching experience and five years of administrative experience.
“She will be a great asset to our Response To Intervention program, which includes our Instructional Support Teams and Academic Intervention Services,” Mr. Hauser said, referring to programs for students who need additional resources and accommodations.
Dr. Austin’s salary will be $125,000 and her initial contract runs February 4, 2019, through February 3, 2023. Details of Mr. Cox’s contract were not immediately available. Mr. Hauser said both administrators’ salaries represent savings to the district over personnel who were previously performing similar functions.